The Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey

Our mission is to inspire and empower science educators.

November 2016

Outstanding Biology Teacher Award Winner: Eric Guise

Each year the National Association of Biology Teachers select's one teacher from each state for this prestigious award. We are excited that this year's winner if a BTANJ member and teacher from Hopewell Valley! Eric will be honored at a luncheon during the NABT Conference and Convention in Denver on Nov. 4th. Congratulations Eric!
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About Eric

I grew up in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. I went to Elizabethtown College and graduated in 2005 with degrees in Biology and Secondary Education. I moved to Yardley, Pennsylvania and started teaching at Hopewell in the fall of 2006. I have taught biology, biochemistry, bioethics, and field ecology over the past 11 years. I earned my Masters Degree in Advanced Secondary Education from Arkansas State in 2011, and I am currently working on my Doctoral Degree, focusing on Leadership in Digital Transformation in Education. Outside of the school, I enjoy hanging out with my wife Carey and 15-month old son Beau.

PD Academy Workshops

Workshop Title: Achieving NGSS Through Phenomenon Based Questioning Technique.

Date: November 16, 2016

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Community Middle School, Plainsboro, NJ

Presenters: Lisa Sacca & Kristina Nicosia, Ed.D

Description: Presentation and work session: Teacher will demonstrate using question formulation technique (QFT) to perform experiments or research to collect data needed to support a claim for a specific phenomenon. Then participants will work to use the template for phenomenon related to their curriculum.

Notes: (1) Bring devices, (2) Try to think of one phenomenon related to a unit you teach to work on after sample lesson.

Workshop Title: Making the AP Bio pedagogical shift

Date: November 17, 2016

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Robbinsville High School

Presenters: Karen Lucci & Stefanie Ucles

Description: Still trying to make the shift from “content coverage” to an conceptual, inquiry-based approach in your AP Biology classroom? This workshop will provide you with student-centered strategies and techniques, such as problem-based learning, to help you make the true pedagogical shift that the revised 2012 AP Biology Curriculum requires. Focusing on the seven skills as a means of instruction and student engagement, participants will leave with an understanding of the importance how to create units, assessments, activities, and other fundamental resources for the AP classroom that will prepare students for the AP exam and beyond. Participants are encouraged to bring an AP Biology unit or lessons/materials that they can revise at the end of the workshop.

Workshop Title: Eco-Schools for Problem-Based Learning

Date: January 6, 2017

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Plainsboro Preserve at 80 Scotts Corner in Cranbury, NJ

Presenter: Allison Mulch

Description: Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed "green" recognition program that provides teachers with a transformational framework to integrate sustainability practices within existing curriculum through 10 pathways. Aligned with NGSS, these pathways deepen the curriculum, provide STEAM-based educational opportunities, and engage children in authentic learning experiences that positively impact their environment. Eco-Schools recognizes and rewards school as they work to extend learning beyond the classroom and develop responsible environmental attitudes and commitments both at home and in the wider community. Eco-Schools is an international program in 60 countries. The program is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation in the United States.

The first half of the day will be dedicated to learning about Eco-Schools and how to get started with Allison Mulch, Project Coordinator for Eco-Schools. After lunch participants will work collaboratively with each other as well as executive board members of the BTANJ to brainstorm ideas for a tentative action plan that students can be guided to or handed and start to investigate / find problems and come up with solutions.

To attend any of these workshop please sign up using this form:

- There is a $15 deposit to reserve your spot at this workshop. For BTANJ members this is refundable upon attending the workshop. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy.

- If you are not a member the workshop costs $15 (nonrefundable)

Kean University Workshop